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Singapore to ease curbs as virus cases fall

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Singapore will begin slowly easing a month-long partial lockdown from next week after the curbs succeeded in stemming a coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Thursday. The city-state has weathered the pandemic largely unscathed but saw an uptick in local transmissions in recent weeks as new variants spread. Fresh restrictions were introduced in …

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Smoking and vaping increase ACE2 levels and virus spike binding in airway epithelium

Smoking and vaping increase ACE2 levels and virus spike binding in airway epithelium

The continuing spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) globally has not only taken a great toll on human health but threatens the economic stability of the human race. SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is unpredictable in its effects, as it has the potential to …

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Russia sees surge in virus cases amid slow vaccine drive

Russia sees surge in virus cases amid slow vaccine drive

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Russia on Wednesday reported a spike in the number of coronavirus infections as officials struggle to encourage Russians to get vaccinated. A government tally reported 10,407 new coronavirus infections across the country, the highest since March 14. Moscow, the worst-hit city in Russia, also saw a surge in new infections, registering …

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Australia's second-largest city to exit two-week virus lockdown

Australia’s second-largest city to exit two-week virus lockdown

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Five million Melbourne residents will exit lockdown Thursday after Australian authorities said their adherence to strict rules had “changed the course” of a coronavirus outbreak in the city. After two weeks under stay-at-home orders, the toughest restrictions in Australia’s second-biggest city will be lifted from 11:59 pm Thursday, after just one …

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France, Belgium ease virus curbs as US decision boosts travel hopes

France, Belgium ease virus curbs as US decision boosts travel hopes

Credit: CC0 Public Domain France and Belgium further relaxed their COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday, allowing restaurants and cafes to serve indoors, while the United States eased travel warnings for dozens of countries as vaccinations boost hopes of a return to normal life. The pandemic’s impact on life around the planet was also illustrated Wednesday with a …

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How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak—and why it's so tricky

How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak—and why it’s so tricky

The nucleotide sequences of six fictional viruses are shown on the top. Below are two family trees of these viruses created using two different programs. The tree on the left uses only percent identity, while the tree on the right also considers whether the two sequences share similar characters. Credit: Marilyn Roossinck, CC BY-ND Every …

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India cautiously starts to open up as virus cases decline

India cautiously starts to open up as virus cases decline

A man sanitizes the premises of a shopping mall before reopening after being closed since April as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi, India, Sunday, June 6, 2021. Businesses in two of India’s largest cities are reopening as part of a phased easing of lockdown measures in several states …

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France tackles virus variants as it readies for tourists

France tackles virus variants as it readies for tourists

People enjoy the outdoors at a cafe terrace in Paris, France, Saturday, June 5, 2021. Credit: AP Photo/Lewis Joly French health authorities are racing to contain scattered cases of the more contagious delta virus variant, as France prepares to reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors and celebrates plunging COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates. Health Minister …

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Virus surges, vaccines grind to 'near halt'

Virus surges, vaccines grind to ‘near halt’

A health worker picks syringes as seniors get vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the newly-opened mass vaccination program for the elderly at a drive-thru vaccination center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Credit: AP Photo/Themba Hadebe COVID-19 vaccine shipments have ground to “a near halt” in Africa …

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Serbia to impose weekend curbs after virus surge

‘Exponential’ rise in virus cases in DR Congo capital: WHO

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The UN’s health agency on Thursday said it had detected a surge late last month in coronavirus cases in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “An exponential rise in the spread of SARS-Cov-2 virus has been recorded in Kinshasa,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a weekly …

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